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the task here in washington is going to be very difficult to convince her u.s. government to change the way it has done business for 30 years because a lot of the strategic and current imperatives drive our security. how do you actually play the right role of engaging your? it's not naƏvely giving money to liberal groups and things like this are not having a strategy. i do believe that this is a significant test inside of egypt. it's an encouraging sign, and i think, this is my prediction and were rob and others may disagree, is that it's going to force islamist political parties at least elements of the to change their ideology, if the system remains open and that's the big if, if there's a big debate i don't see it going backwards in terms of the diversity we see in egypt as large as it is it's hard for me to imagine that going backwards. >> okay, we are going to move to our closing remarks and we're going to go in reverse order, so bret, you can have two minutes to make a final plea. >> yeah, in 1979 jean kirkpatrick wrote an influential article, dictatorships and double standards, in w
signal] >> in terms of what the u.s. could have dope, there were a number of opportunities where it could have said something. for example, when judges pulled out of oversight, when international monitors hadn't been sent, we could have raised concerns about the legitimacy of the process. we could used the relationship that the president at least thinks he has with president morsi to say to him the situation you're creating in egypt is very unstable, we could have made a statement about the purpose of constitutions being consensual documents for the rules of the game. that's what legislation is supposed to do. i mean, these are things that we could have said. now, i have to also say that, um, you know, would it have mattered, you know? that's really the question. well, it depends. on one hand the brotherhood i see is a very stubborn, dedicated, regimented organization. i could see them very well saying, excuse me, you're interfering, which is what they said to erdogan last year, but on the other hand by not saying anything, the signal that we've sent is that we have some sort of arrangeme
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